The Daiwa Foundation Art Prize is a unique exhibition and creative development opportunity, which offers a British artist their first solo show at a gallery in Tokyo, Japan. In addition to an exhibition, the winner is to be awarded a £5,000 participation fee plus travel and accommodation costs for a seven-day period in Japan to coincide with the opening of the exhibition. During this period, the artist will be introduced to key individuals and organisations in the Japanese contemporary art world, increasing the visibility of the artist’s work internationally, and facilitating their professional development.
The Prize 2018 was presented at a private awards ceremony on 7 June, by the distinguished selection panel: Richard Cork, Art Critic; Mami Kataoka, Chief Curator, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Sueo Mizuma, Director, Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo; Julian Opie, Artist, and Jonathan Watkins, Director, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham.
Kate Groobey was named as the winner of the Daiwa Foundation Art Prize 2018. She is the first woman to win the Prize in the history of the award. Kate’s solo show will be held at the partner gallery, Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.
Previous recipients of the Daiwa Foundation Art Prize include Marcus Coates, who was awarded the Prize in 2009 with a resulting solo exhibition at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo; Haroon Mirza in 2012, whose solo exhibition was held at SCAI THE BATHHOUSE, Tokyo; and Oliver Beer in 2015. Beer’s solo exhibition Life, Death and Tennis opened at Aoyama Meguro Gallery, Tokyo in November 2015 and comprised video and sculptural works exploring the relationship between audio and visual experience.
Notes to Editors:
The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation is a UK charity, established in 1988 with the generous support of Daiwa Securities Co Ltd. Its purpose is to support closer links between Britain and Japan in all fields of activity, including the visual arts. www.dajf.org.uk
Mizuma Art Gallery opened in 1994. Since then it has been presenting artists from Japan and other Asian countries each with a unique voice, whose works aren’t caught up in fleeting trends. Artists such as Aida Makoto, Yamaguchi Akira, Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba and many others have now achieved worldwide recognition. Mizuma also continue to introduce emerging artists to the international art scene. mizuma-art.co.jp
The Daiwa Foundation Art Prize offers a British artist a first solo show at a gallery in Japan. In addition to an exhibition, the winning artist will be given a period of support and introductions to key individuals and organisations in the Japanese contemporary art world. The winning artist is also awarded a participation fee of £5000. The triennial prize is open to British artists resident in the UK who have not previously had a solo exhibition in Japan. The Prize is funded by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation and administered by Parker Harris.
The Prize is open to British artists resident in the UK who have neither had nor are planning a solo exhibition in Japan. The Prize is open to artists working in any medium including painting, photography, print, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, installation and moving image.
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The 2018 selection panel is:
Richard Cork, Art Critic
Mami Kataoka, Chief Curator, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
Sueo Mizuma, Mizuma Art Gallery, Director, Gallery, Tokyo
Julian Opie, Artist
Jonathan Watkins, Director, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham